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  • Using Veteran's Preference Points to Your Advantage

    Using Veteran’s Preference Points to Your Advantage

    Throughout your military service, though you likely were unaware, you were tallying up points. Not regular points, such as the points in basketball or hockey, but Veteran’s Preference Points. Many veterans have heard of Veteran's Preference Points, but they often don't understand the finer points of the program. The Veteran’s Preference Point program gives certain veterans, depending on a number of criteria, a…

  • New State Laws Could Help 783,000 Jobless Veterans

    New State Laws Could Help 783,000 Jobless Veterans

    Contrary to popular belief, the veterans' unemployment crisis is far from over. As of March 2013, approximately 783,000 veterans were unemployed--an unacceptable 20.4 percent. A survey by Prudential and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found a majority of these encountered difficulty when translating military skills into civilian job experience, but only 66 percent received employment assistance in the tra…

  • The Best Strategies to Snagging Your Dream Job After the Military

    The Best Strategies to Snagging Your Dream Job After the Military

    Military life is an experience that forever shapes who you are, because it’s unlike any other job you’ll ever do. You've attended job training that most people could never understand, let alone accomplish. You've lived on installations and ships, and in tents and submarines. And you've even deployed to locations that most people have only seen on that dusty globe in high school geography class. It’s th…

  • Use Your GI Bill to Build a Green Career

    Use Your GI Bill to Build a Green Career

    Service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to job placement in the civilian world. The same went for me when I made the transition. I hadn't received an education outside of high school or military training, so I instead chose to use the GI Bill to attend a university and get my bachelor’s degree. But I realize that traditional schools aren't for everyone. T…

  • From Balloons to B-52s: How The Air Force Grew Into a Global Power

    From Balloons to B-52s: How The Air Force Grew Into a Global Power

    You might think of the United States Air Force as having started in 1947. True, it was officially founded then as its own branch of the military, but it had been in developing stages years earlier. Today, the USAF is the world's largest air force and one of the most advanced technologically. So how did the aerial powerhouse come to be? On August 1, 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps developed an Aeronautica…

  • What Military Reservists Can Do To Change Bleak Employment Outlook

    What Military Reservists Can Do To Change Bleak Employment Outlook

    Employment gains for returning troops have been on the rise over the past few years, thanks to tax credits for employers, more recruitment events and new online tools to aid the job search process.  For returning National Guard members and other military reservists, however, the picture is a bit bleaker. Unemployment is estimated to be about 20 percent among returning National Guard soldiers and airmen…

  • Google's VetNet Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

    Google’s VetNet Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

    Simplifying the transition from military to civilian life is one of the most pressing issues facing the community today as thousands return from Iraq and Afghanistan. A huge part of this transition is the search for employment and being able to qualify skills learned on-base to the business world. Because this task can seem overwhelming, organizations and tools have sprung up over the past several years to help ou…

  • New Law Makes a Career in Trucking Easier for Veterans

    New Law Makes a Career in Trucking Easier for Veterans

    Two films in the late 70's — Convoy and Smokey and the Bandit — highlighted the trucking life and how much of an adventure it could be to get behind one of those big rigs. American children continue to perform the universal arm motion that indicates a request for the booming truck horn when an 18-wheeler passes their school bus on the highway. There's a certain charm to trucking, and it's one of the pilla…

  • October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    October is the month for many things, including Halloween, Columbus Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But you might not know that this month is also the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. What does this mean exactly? The Internet is a vast and mysterious entity, difficult to understand in and of itself. So keeping it safe and secure is even harder to accomplish. But it is also very impo…

  • Female Body Armor Is a Perfect Fit

    Female Body Armor Is a Perfect Fit

    Female soldiers won't have to wear the same body armor that fits men for much longer. Finally, women in the military are getting armor of their own that is specifically designed to fit women better. 200,000 of the 1.4 million service members in the U.S. military, or about 14 percent, are women according to this Time.com article. So it's fitting that they should be able to carry out their military duties in comfort a…